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On This Day...10th October

10 October 2018

On This Day...10th October

The 10th October for the Shakers begins in the club's very first season – 1885/86 and a home friendly game with Heywood. As details of this game were not recorded, other than the final score, the goal scorers and attendance in Bury's 3-0 win are unknown.

1891 brought the Shakers' first taste of International football when Canada visited Gigg Lane. Bury won the game 2-1 thanks to goals from a Warburton penalty and a further goal from Wilkinson.

Small Heath, or as they are known today, Birmingham City, visited Gigg Lane for a First Division fixture. Joe Leeming, who six months earlier had scored in the FA Cup Final, scored the only goal of the game to secure a 1-0 win in front of 6,500 supporters.

Joe Leeming was born in Preston, but when he was two years old his parents moved to Turton. Hailing from a footballing family, he had a brother, Alfred, who was on Bury's books in 1901/02 but who did not appear in the League side. Joe's son, Clifford, was an outside-left whom played twice for Bury in the 1946/47 season.

Joe was the ultimate utility player as in January 1899, at pretty much the outset of his long career, the Lancashire Evening Post had this to say about him: -

'Last week we chronicled the fact that Joe Leeming was entitled to a place amongst all-round champions by reason that he has already filled five different positions this season – at back, half and forward. Since then he has gone one better and has now figured at right and left full-back, right and centre half-back and inside-right and outside-left forward.

We question if any other player has been so serviceable to his club this season by ability to successfully adapt himself to any position.'

After leaving Bury, he gave equally meritorious service to Brighton & Hove Albion, appearing in 238 matches in a six-year association.

Joe Leeming made 280 appearances for Bury, scoring 20 goals and won the FA Cup twice with the Shakers.

In 1925, Tottenham Hotspur arrived in Bury for a Division One game. Spurs had only been in League Football for 14 years when they came to Bury but two goals from Norman Bullock and a further from Arthur Mercer saw the Londoners off with a 3-0 victory with 19,800 supporters watching.

A team photo showing a Bury side from the 1925/26 season is shown above (main image) and lines up as follows: -

Back Row (L to R): George Brooks, Fred Heap, Billy Richardson, Frank Adamson, Bill Turner
Front Row: Dave Robbie, Billy Stage, Norman Bullock, John Ball, Wally Amos, George Bradshaw

A 1936 trip to Bradford Park Avenue for a Second Division game attracted a crowd of 12,349 supporters and a 1-0 Bury win thanks to a goal from Ernie Matthews.

The Bury side that afternoon was as follows: -

Alec Ferguson, Andy Bell, Jimmy Gemmell, David Jones, George Matthewson, Billy Whitfield, George Raynor, Billy Graham, Ernie Matthews, Arthur Buttery, Jack Ormandy

Coventry City visited Bury in 1959 for a Division Three game. Bill Holden and Johnny Hubbard scored the two Bury goals in a 2-1 victory with 11,506 supporters watching.

Bury made the long trip to Home Park, Plymouth, for a Division Three game in 1970. The long journey turned out to be a successful one for the Shakers with a fine 4-3 victory, thanks to goals from George Jones, David Holt, Jimmy O'Connor and John Connelly. 9,912 supporters attended the game.

1981 saw Bury on the road again, this time to Prenton Park for a Division Four game at Tranmere Rovers. A Craig Madden brace, plus a goal from Steve Johnson earnt the Shakers a 3-1 victory in front of just 1,895 supporters.

The last recorded game on this day took place in 2015 when Wigan Athletic visited Bury for a League One clash. Nathan Cameron and Tom Pope scored the two Bury goals in a 2-2 draw, though the visitors claimed a last-minute equaliser thanks to Craig Morgan, with Nathan Cameron putting through his own goal just five minutes before.

Games played on 9th October:

Season

Comp

Opposition

Ven

Res

Goals

Gate

1885/86

Friendly

Heywood

H

3

0

Won

Unknown

?

1891/92

Friendly

Canada

H

2

1

Won

Warburton (P), Wilkinson

1,500

1896/97

Tier 1

Bolton Wanderers

A

0

2

Lost

 

15,000

1903/04

Tier 1

Small Heath

H

1

0

Won

Leeming

6,500

1904/05

Lancs C

Manchester City

A

2

2

Draw

Sagar, Wood

3,000

1908/09

Tier 1

Everton

A

0

4

Lost

 

25,000

1910/11

Lancs C

Bolton Wanderers

A

2

3

Lost

Currie, Walker

1,500

1914/15

Tier 2

Barnsley

H

1

2

Lost

Perry (P)

9,000

1925/26

Tier 1

Tottenham Hotspur

H

3

0

Won

Bullock 2, Mercer

19,800

1931/32

Tier 2

Leeds United

H

1

4

Lost

Lindsay

16,613

1936/37

Tier 2

Bradford Park Avenue

A

1

0

Won

Matthews

12,349

1942/43

War

Southport

H

3

5

Lost

Carter, Dougal, Griffiths

1,500

1953/54

Tier 2

Rotherham United

A

0

1

Lost

 

16,400

1959/60

Tier 3

Coventry City

H

2

1

Won

Holden, Hubbard

11,506

1961/62

Lancs C

Blackburn Rovers

H

2

2

Draw

Calder 2

833

1964/65

Tier 2

Middlesbrough

A

3

3

Draw

Parry, Bell 2

11,771

1970/71

Tier 3

Plymouth Argyle

A

4

3

Won

Jones, Holt, O’Connor, Connelly

9,912

1979/80

Tier 3

Blackpool

A

2

1

Lost

Constantine, Beamish

5,595

1981/82

Tier 4

Tranmere Rovers

A

3

1

Won

Madden 2, Johnson

1,985

1987/88

Tier 3

Brentford

H

2

2

Draw

Brotherston, Hill

2,300

1992/93

Tier 3

Wrexham

A

2

4

Lost

Knill (Pen), Lyons

2,929

2009/10

Tier 3

Northampton Town

H

2

2

Draw

Worrall, Lowe

2,863

2015/16

Tier 3

Wigan Athletic

H

2

2

Draw

Cameron, Pope

5,931


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